Book Launch: Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons

2014 12 Apr
11:30am - 1:30pm
Book Launch: Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons

Today, when it seems like everything has been privatized, when austerity is too often seen as an economic or political problem that can be solved through better policy, and when the idea of moral values has been commandeered by the right, how can we re-imagine the forces used as weapons against community, solidarity, ecology and life itself? In this stirring call to arms, Max Haiven argues that capitalism has colonized how we all imagine and express what is valuable. Looking at the decline of the public sphere, the corporatization of education, the privatization of creativity, and the power of finance capital in opposition to the power of the imagination and the growth of contemporary social movements, Haiven provides a powerful argument for creating an anti-capitalist commons. Not only is capitalism crisis itself, but moving beyond it is the only key to survival.

11:30 am 
Saturday April 12 2014 
Octopus Books Centretown Location

@ 25One Community (2nd Floor, 251 Bank St.)


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In partnership with Solidarity against Austerity, Max will be joined by a selection of community activists discussing powerful alternatives to capitalism and social movements!

  • Ana Nicole (Peoples Social Forum)
  • Diane Mitchell (CUPW)
  • Kaitrin Doll (Overbrook Forbes Community Centre)
  • Shellie Bird (Solidarity against Austerity)
  • Vicky Smallman (Parent activist)

A skill-building workshop will follow after a short break.

"... the fact that overcoming both sets of crises (those of capital and those of the imagination) demands the intertwined work of rekindling common values; imagining social relations and the future otherwise; and, in a militant and radical way, building powerful alternatives and social movements."  - Max Haiven

About the Author

Max Haiven is an assistant professor in the Division of Art History and Critical Studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. His work has appeared in journals such as Social Text, Cultural Studies, and Mediations. He is the author of Cultures of Financialization (2014) and (with Alex Khasnabish) of The Radical Imagination (Zed Books, 2014). 

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